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THE STATE OF EAST AFRICA REPORT SERIES

The State of East Africa Executive Report-2013

The rapid change in the structure of the East African economy is one of the most important drivers both of the region’s economic performance and the uneven distribution of income and other benefits of growth. In 2003, Kenya’s was the only regional economy in which the services sector had a bigger share of the economy than agriculture. A decade later, all East African economies are in a similar position. While developing economies are usually characterized by a falling share of the agricultural sector in the overall economy, the trouble in East Africa is that the speed of change is overwhelming the capacity of the industrial and services sectors to provide the needed jobs and alternative livelihood opportunities.